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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jul 12, 2007 1:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What? Music? Are You Insane? Call me crazy.

I'm with you on the current "jam band" scene. Many of them are obviously extremely talented, but I find alot of their stuff kind of, well, aimless. This is probably a personal thing, but the jams seem to just be part of a formula, not really spontaneous happenings. From one performance to the next, it all sounds too similar. With our boys, one night would be completely different from the next; some on, some not so on; some inspired, some kind of lazy. With many of the bands out there, the first show is pretty much identical to the 10th show, regardless of songs played. But, I'm probably just showing my age a little and someone who grew up with the newer crop of jam bands would most likely say the same thing about our boys.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-07-12 20:12:49

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 12, 2007 1:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What? Music? Are You Insane? Call me crazy.

But another thing the new crop lack are SONGS. While my friends and use to joke about the lyrics as "filler" before the boys got on to the real task at hand (which was actually not very funny in the latter days - see post '90), they had great songs. I'll grant that some of the current "jam bands" (whatever that means) have some good songs, but no one has a catalog 1/10th as rich and varied as the boys within that scenario.

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Poster: nagdot Date: Jul 12, 2007 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What? Music? Are You Insane? Call me crazy.

i think if you go thru the grateful dead list and take out duplicates youll find it to be not as many as you thought. the difference now with the jam bands is new music new albums. there arent many differences in any of the deads playing its still the same 30 songs in rotation. the new crop is makin new music, gettin new fans, reachin out to get ppl. something the grateful boys never did unless it was givin away free lucy(acid). if phish or panic was here not to mention the allmans, they would have a comparable number of shows.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 12, 2007 3:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What? Music? Are You Insane? Call me crazy.

You're right - there is no difference between a '68 show; '72 show; '77 show; any era of Jerry's "solo" bands; mid-80's, etc. Just playing the same stuff over and over - hell, I can't even tell the difference between the various guys that tickled the ivories for them. Very little stylistic difference whatsoever. I stand corrected.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jul 12, 2007 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What? Music? Are You Insane? Call me crazy.

actually blue, i think the '65 stuff is vastly different, but after that seminal year, yer right, it's just the same fluff, really no difference whatsoever ... thanks for helping me see the light; oy, back to the ramones, now there's a band that really spread its wings musicwise, but i just love 'em!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 12, 2007 6:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What? Music? Are You Insane? Call me crazy.

Gabba Gabba Hey Now, I have a framed copy of Rocket TO Russia
on my wall (not far from my Jerry Lunt Fontane Playbill).

Glad I could help.

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Poster: SactownTom Date: Jul 12, 2007 1:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What? Music? Are You Insane? Call me crazy.

AMEN to that, as well. There has to be something to support the jam--namely a good song. The boys did a lot of covers, but they also had 50 or more good, if not great, songs of their own.

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